Dixie State University to host free seminar on disaster preparedness

Scott Thomas, who will teach Dixie State University Community Education’s free seminar on disaster preparedness, helps fight the Brian Head Fire in 2017. The seminar will be held at the Dixie State University Campus campus May 17, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — To teach residents how to prepare for the top 12 risks Washington County faces, Dixie State University Community Education is sponsoring a free seminar on disaster-preparedness this Thursday.

The seminar will address various threats and emergencies and their likelihood and severity. Participants will learn about natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods and wildfires, as well as man-made ones, including hazmat spills, crimes and terrorism. Set to take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, the seminar will be held in the Boeing Auditorium on the first floor of the Erno and Etel Udvar-Hazy School of Business on the DSU campus.

In this 2015 file photo, mud and water fill the streets following flash flooding in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, Oct. 17, 2015 | Photo by Cami Cox Jim, St. George News

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Utah Emergency Management strongly urge Washington County Residents to be prepared for the most likely disasters,” retired U.S. Army officer and counterintelligence agent Scott Thomas said. “My seminar will provide you the information you need to be prepared for disasters and emergencies.”

A Washington County resident who volunteers much of his time to helping the region be prepared for disasters and emergencies, Thomas has served on five continents in disasters and combat zones. He holds a master’s degree in security and risk management and has a variety of emergency and disaster certifications.

Attendees will leave the presentation equipped to develop their own family or business emergency and disaster plan in addition to receiving an electronic copy of the presentation and supporting maps, guides and templates.

“There is a chance all of us will be affected by a disaster sometime in our lives,” Tyson Pulsipher, director of Dixie State’s Community and Continuing Education said. “Dixie State University is sponsoring this seminar because we feel it is of great importance to community. We’ll also be offering a more in-depth preparedness course this fall.”

Event details

  • What: “Fully prepared for any disaster,” a presentation by retired U.S. Army officer and counterintelligence agent Scott Thomas.
  • When: Thursday, May 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Where: The Boeing Auditorium on the first floor of the Erno and Etel Udvar-Hazy School of Business on the Dixie State University campus, 225 S. 700 East, St. George.
  • Details: Free and open to the public.

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